Spain

Spain

Over one third of Spain’s land area is forested, of which 15% are plantations. Forest cover has increased at a rate of 1.2% per year between 1990 and 2015, much of this expansion occurring in the period 1990-2000 (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging is not a significant problem in Spain. The country is a major importer of timber and timber products. In 2011, it imported over 6 million cubic metres (round wood equivalent) of which nearly one third came from outside the EU. The majority of these products came from Chile, the US and Cameroon (ETTF, 2013). The country has a public procurement policy for sustainable paper and furniture (Brack, 2014). As an EU Member State, Spain is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.